The NFL Trade Deadline has come and gone, and the AFC North had very little involvement in the flurry of moves that occurred. Although rumors swirled around each of the teams at one point or another this season, each of these teams decided that for the most part, they are good with where their teams' are at right now.
The AFC North is the most competitive division in football, as all four teams are above .500 entering week 9, something that no other division in the NFL can say. Each of the teams will regret not making moves, and these are the moves that they should have made.
Cleveland Browns: Not Acquiring Insurance at Quarterback
Deshaun Watson has battled injuries all year as he's been dealing with a nagging shoulder injury that has caused him to miss three games while leaving another game early. Watson has been shaky when on the field this year as is, but the injury has caused him to miss games entirely.
In his absence, the Browns have turned to Dorian Thompson-Robinson and then to PJ Walker. Neither of the two has been very encouraging in their starts, and for a team with one of the best defenses in the league, they shouldn't need high level quarterback play to be a legitimate contender.
The Browns could have bolstered their quarterback room by making a move for a veteran quarterback at the Trade Deadline, to give them someone to play until Watson is healthy, and a fallback plan in case he continues to struggle or is injured for longer than expected.
Two options stick out most clearly, Jacoby Brissett and Josh Dobbs, both of whom have spent time in Cleveland. The best option would have been to acquire Brissett, as he played extremely well last season while Watson was suspended, and even had a strong rapport with Amari Cooper. Brissett not only knows the system, but has existing chemistry with the receiving core, and likely would not have cost much, as it would allow Washington to save money by moving on for a backup.
While the second option isn't as strong, Dobbs would have also been a great option for the Browns. He has spent the entire season starting for the Cardinals, while Kyler Murray rehabs from his knee injury, and has done an admirable job, keeping Arizona in close games against tough opponents.
Dobbs would have been a nice insurance policy, and after being traded to Minnesota with a seventh-round pick, in exchange for a sixth-round pick, it's clear acquiring him would not have been costly. With Nick Chubb already out for the season, the Browns will regret not trading for a veteran quarterback, as their offense will be what holds this team back if they miss the postseason.